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Self-build ‘modulhus’ kit wins £5K prize in Starter Home on a Shoestring competition

A self-build system using timber-frame modules that can be assembled to make a two-bedroom home for less than £50,000 has won the 2016 ‘Starter Home on a Shoestring’ ideas competition.

Value of infrastructure construction contracts plunged 20% in July, says Barbour ABI

Infrastructure construction suffered a sharp deceleration in July, with the value of contracts dropping 20% to £1.5bn compared to June, according to the latest market review from industry analysts Barbour ABI.

Futures Housing adopts groundbreaking SME-friendly procurement contract

A Midlands housing association has become the first organisation to adopt a pioneering procurement contract designed to make it easier for small business to access big contracts.

Portsmouth’s panopticon prison sees its future as site for new homes

A Victorian prison which was at the height of design innovation in its day is to be regenerated to provide homes after the scheme gained planning approval from Portsmouth city council.

Cornish-based steel and concrete reinforcement suppliers Devoran Metals celebrate golden anniversary

Family-run South West firm Devoran Metals is celebrating 50 years of supplying steel and concrete reinforcement products to the construction industry.

Late payment by developers is “crippling” small subcontractors, claims business finance firm

Small construction firms are struggling to manage their cash flow because the big property developers are dragging their feet when it comes to paying them, according to research by Funding Options.

Three bank deal secures £80m global growth fund for Turner & Townsend

Construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has secured £80 million of financing from three major banks to support its global growth strategy.

Merger aims to change perception of construction SMEs

A new business created out of the merger of two small Wiltshire construction firms says it wants to challenge perceptions of the construction industry.

Planning permissions for new housing at their highest since 2008, says pipeline report

Planning permissions granted for new housing have hit their highest level since 2008, according to the latest Housing Pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan’s.

Investor interest pushes construction of new student accommodation to five-year high

Investment in student accommodation continued to grow last year, with the number of new units under construction hitting a new five-year high, and the combined value of projects exceeding £2.3bn.

Construction firm wins accolade for promoting inspiring change in the workplace

GRAHAM Construction has won an ‘Inspiring Change in the Workplace’ award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association(CECA) at a recent parliamentary reception.

Derwent London awards £12.4m office refurb contract to ISG

ISG has secured a £12.4 million fast-track project to refurbish a prominent office building on Whitechapel High Street for Derwent London.

Local Derby bricklayer Zack Lysaczenko training to compete in the ‘skills Olympics’

A former construction apprentice at Derby College is training to compete for his country – and industry – at the world ‘skills Olympics’ in 2017.

George Osborne ‘bricks it’ during Persimmon Homes site visit

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has once again donned a hi-vis outfit for a spot of bricklaying during visit to a construction site to mark a leading housebuilder’s support for the Government’s Help to Buy ISA.

Bogle Architects applies a light touch to Vietnam secondary school design

A London architectural practice is designing a new secondary school in Vietnam.

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Features

2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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